Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan will be watching the Super Bowl today with great interest. He may be looking forward to an intriguing matchup but he primarily will be looking for future Redskins. There are a few players on the Broncos that he might hone in on.
There are a few Broncos who might have expiring contracts but won’t be available. Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, who has 60 sacks in 72 career games, is set to be a free agent but Denver will not let him hit the open market. If they can’t lock him up to a long-term contract they give him the franchise tag. Keep an eye on him because he’s fun to watch but Redskins fans should not envision him playing at FedEx Field.
Inside linebacker Brandon Marshall could help the Redskins out but he is an restricted free agent. The Broncos are likely to tender him at a level that will trigger draft pick compensation if another team signs him and McCloughan is unlikely to part with both sizeable free agent dollars and a draft pick to get a player.
Defensive end Malik Jackson plays a position that is very much a need for the Redskins. This year he had 5.5 sacks, 11 QB hits, and 57 hurries. Jackson, a fifth-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2012, was particularly spectacular in the AFC title game, knocking Tom Brady down three times and harassing him at other times. His age—he turned 26 last month—fits the McCloughan free agent profile but he will be highly sought after and that may drive his price up out of the Redskins’ range.
If you want to look at a Bronco who has a more realistic chance of winding up with the Redskins, keep an eye on running back Ronnie Hillman. The Redskins are going to let Alfred Morris walk and they don’t trust Matt Jones to handle the lead back role at this point. If they want a veteran they could take a look at Hillman, who at age 24 next year rushed for 863 yards and seven touchdowns. If McCloughan thinks that he can be a little more of a threat as a receiver he could be a target when free agency starts next month.